Joanna Whittington has been confirmed as chief executive at the Office of Rail and Road on a permanent basis.
Ms Whittington has led ORR as interim CEO since January 2016, replacing Richard Price after his five-year term concluded. Prior to that she was ORR’s director of railway markets and economics and a member of the ORR board. She first worked for ORR between 1995 and 1999, before leaving to join Ofgem. Ms Whittington is an economist, and after graduating from the University of Oxford she worked as an economic consultant, specialising in transport, and completed her masters degree in transport planning and management in 1993.